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Surf, Wheel, and Rin – Detergent Powder brands of HUL The Indian detergent market is estimated to be around 4000Cr, comprises of Laundry soaps, synthetic detergent powders, and bars. The detergent powder market in India is segmented on the basis of three price categories: Popular Economy Premium/ Compacts The Premium and Concentrates segment account for only 2% of the total market volume. The major players in the organized detergent market are: HUL Nirma P&G In which Nirma and HUL are close competitors and put together controls 30% of the volume in the market. Nirma is the leader in the economy segment In the premium detergent powder, HUL dominates with over 60% market share and rest is largely controlled by P&G. Segmentation, Targeting, and Positioning of Surf Launched in 1959, Surf was the first product in the Indian detergent powder market. Surf Excel: India’s largest selling compact detergent powder Surf Excelmatic: for the front-loaded washing machines Surf excel liquid Surf powder The segment for which the brand is intended is the customer of premium powders, which are sold in the price range of Rs.75/- per kg and above. In the premium segment, detergents sell in the price range of Rs. 80 –120/-; and the major brands are Surf, Henko, Tide, and Ariel. Surf Excel (mummy’s best friend) is positioned as the brand that a housewife will look to upgrade herself to get better cleanliness without damaging the clothes. The brand is clearly positioned as a premium and up market brand and the achievements show an upper-middle to upper class small family with a fashionable home and modern clothing collection. The ‘Surf Excel hai naa’ campaign is more intended at improving the brand recall. Surf excel is targeted at the upwardly mobile housewives who prefer to have cleaner clothes without damage, as also households that have washing machines. Segmentation, Targeting, and Positioning of Wheel Wheel is a detergent brand that caters to the laundry needs of the mass market. It was first launched in the year 1987. Wheel Green is the single largest detergent brand in India in terms of market share and value. - Wheel powder - Active wheel The brand is intended in the popular range segment, which consists of powders sold in for Rs.18 – 22 per kg. The popular segment was founded as a result of the launch and subsequent success of Nirma. Wheel is positioned as a tough fighter of dirt and offers value for money. The ‘lalitaji” advertisement was created to identify the brand with common class. Wheel is targeted at the mass market and at people moving up the economy ladder from the lower-middle to middle-class segment Rin Rin was traditionally, the detergent bar brand from HUL. In 1990’s company launched the Rin brand of detergent powders in order to fight the competitors by leveraging on the strong brand enjoyed in the detergent bar market. The detergent powders from the Rin family are: - Rin Shakti Powder - Rin Supreme Segmentation, Targeting, and Positioning of Rin The brand is predominantly placed under the economy priced segment that emerged with P&G’s introduction of Ariel Supersoaker. This category consists of mid-priced segment detergents ranging from Rs.35 – 50 per kg. Positioned as the brand for superlative whiteness, it is focused on those who want whiteness of clothes above all else. It is positioned between Wheel and Surf excel. The brand is targeted more at customers who are happy with the Rin bar.
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